THURSDAY, APR. 4
KABOOM THURSDAYS – Casanova is bringing island residents and visitors together for another evening of ragin’ Reggae Thursdays, KABOOM-style. It’s a night dedicated to Reggae, dancehall and island vibes. DJ Irie Dole of Ja Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi will be spinning into the early morning for your dancing pleasure. $5 before 10pm/ $10 after. 9:30pm-1:30am. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220, Casanovamaui.com.
‘SEEDS OF ALOHA’ – Makai Studios and Slack Key Show are presenting a special screening of Seeds of Aloha. It’s a film documenting the life of slack key virtuoso, college professor and Grammy winner George Kahumoku, Jr. From tending to his kalo plants to performing on stages around the world, the film takes viewers on a journey to find out what makes Kahumoku so special. Prior to the movie, guests can listen to Kahumoku and friends jam. You can also get a sample of Kahumoku’s traditional herbal tea when you purchase your ticket(s) in advance. $12 advance/ $15 at the door. Doors open 6:30pm/ Films starts 7:30pm. Iao Theater (68 North Market St., Wailuku); 808-669-3858, SlackKeyShow.com.
FRIDAY, APR. 5
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – HMSA is partnering with Wailuku First Friday to bring another healthy dose of Friday festivity. Get some light exercise strolling down Market Street or break a sweat with free yoga. There will be live music, Body Alive and Exotic Eye Tattoo anniversary specials and a shoe drive at If The Shoe Fits benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The town party welcomes back the Beer Garden benefiting Na Leo Kako`o, and Kama‘aina Loan/Cash for Gold will live stream the evening. The event is free and family friendly. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku (Historic Market St.), Mauifridays.com.
JAZZ & BLUES WALK – The Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk is back for another year, which benefits The Maui Jazz Society’s scholarship fund. The public is invited to stroll down historic Front Street this Friday and Saturday, for some great jazz. Headlining the weekend will be saxophonist Michael Paulo and jazz singer Melveen Leed. Catch Paulo at the Old Lahaina Prison on Saturday 4pm-6pm and Leed both nights at the Pioneer Inn 6pm-9pm. Captain Jack’s, Hard Rock Café, Kimo’s and Longhi’s will also host jazz and blues musicians on both nights. (Line-up subject to change.) 808-661-0202, Facebook.com/Thefrontstreetjazzandblueswalk.
FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS – This Friday WE and Project Vision Hawaii will stop in front of the Salvation Army in Lahaina to offer free health screenings. Open to the public, the services include help with starting MedQuest applications, eye exams, blood pressure and glucose tests, counseling from Community Alliance for Mental Health Services and more. Services for each screening varies. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, because there will be upcoming free screenings in Hana, Kihei, Kahului and Wailuku. Free. 9am-1pm. Salvation Army (131 Shaw St., Lahaina), [email protected]
THE ALOHA BLUEGRASS BAND – The originators of the term “Piligrass,” The Aloha Bluegrass Band takes to Stella Blues’ stage for the first time this Friday. Originally from the Mainland, The Aloha Bluegrass Band is dedicated to the preservation of authentic bluegrass and folk, which they blend with local Hawaiian tunes. When not performing, band members work as instructors at the Aloha Music Academy. There they further the learning of these traditional styles of music to children and adults. $10. 9pm. Stella Blues Cafe (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.
SATURDAY, APR. 6
MAUI COUNTY AG FESTIVAL – Here’s your chance to talk story with local farmers, chefs and industry leaders at the annual Maui County Agriculture Festival. This year’s theme, “Value Added,” pertains to agriculture’s impact on the county’s economy, environment and lifestyle. The Maui County Farm Bureau will highlight the farm-to-shelf process through many informational panels and resources. Join the conversation and enjoy food demonstrations, a farmers market, recipe swapping/contest and panels where you can ask questions from agriculture specialists. Keiki can enjoy barnyard games and farm activities. Parking is limited but there will be a free shuttle service between War Memorial and Maui Tropical Plantation throughout the day. Free. 9am-4pm. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Wailuku), Mauicountyfarmbureau.org.
MAUI ONSTAGE SNEAK PEAK – Maui OnStage is pulling aside the curtains for an exclusive Sneak Peek at next year’s season. Serving as a benefit for the local non-profit organization, the evening will offer a few surprises. Be entertained with cocktails, a menu reflective of the new season and the soothing sound of Jazz. The festivities will include the official announcement of the new season along with more music and entertainment. Note that $65 of your ticket is tax-deductible. Details on the Kihei location will be given during ticket buying process. $125. 5pm-9pm. 808-242-6969, Mauionstage.com.
SOMOS OHANA NICARAGUA – The nonprofit organization Somos Ohana Nicaragua is hosting a two-week camp for children and young adults with special needs in Northwestern Nicaragua and they need your help. This Saturday, the group will host their annual rummage sale of clothing, art, household appliances, plants, fresh produce and more. Volunteers for Somos Ohana Nicaragua fund their own travel and lodging expenses, allowing all proceeds to go directly to Nicaragua outreach efforts. 8am-2pm. Pukalani Elementary School, Cafeteria (2945 Iolani St., Pukalani); 808-572-9898, [email protected]
READ TO A DOG – PAWS for Reading and Hawaii Canines for Independence will be visiting the Kihei Public Library. They provide specially-trained dogs to those with physical disabilities. Keiki will be given the opportunity to read to a dog for 15 minutes. Keiki and their parents are encouraged to be on time for reading slots. For special accommodation, sign language interpreters and to reserve a spot, please contact the library ahead of time. Free. 3:00-4:30pm. Kihei Public Library (35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei); 808- 875-6833, Librarieshawaii.org.
SUNDAY, APR. 7
‘BLESSINGS IN THE BREEZE’ – In the spirit of community and compassion, Maui artists Anna Good and Steve Turnbull will feature their art in a new show titled, “Blessings in the Breeze.” While Good and Turnbull agree the element of wind has its challenges, both also say that the wind is a vital characteristic to Maui. The public is invited to write personal messages on prayer flags, which will later to be sent into the wind, symbolically spreading goodwill. The Maui Dharma Center will receive the proceeds from the evening’s art sales. Free admission. 2pm-6pm. Turnbull Fine Art (137 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-9385, Turnbullfineart.com.
MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY – You’re invited to celebrate Maui Humane Society’s 60 years of service this Sunday. You can enjoy 60 percent off adoptions, while keiki can play in the fun zone and get close and cuddly with their new furry friends. Not sure about making a permanent commitment? Learn how you can contribute by becoming a foster parent. No celebration is complete without a sweet treat, so guests can enjoy shave ice to help take the edge of your adoption decision. Free. 11am-2pm. Maui Humane Society (1350 Mehameha Loop, Pu’unene); 808-877-3680, MauiHumaneSociety.org.
MONDAY, APR. 8
‘5 BROKEN CAMERAS’ – Maui Peace Action and the UH Maui College Peace Club extends an invitation to a screening of the documentary 5 Broken Cameras. The 2011 Oscar nominated film follows, through the lenses of Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, resistance to the Israeli army when a barrier starts to go up. Originally buying a camera to document the birth of his fourth child, Burnat chronicles the struggle using one destroyed camera after another. Recipient of the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Festival, the film has received special recognition from audiences worldwide. Free. 6pm. UH Maui College, Ka Lama 103 (310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauipeace.org.
WEDNESDAY, APR. 10
WEDNESDAY WALKABOUT BAR CRAWL – They only do this once a month, so here’s your shot for April. On this night, five bars in the Triangle (that’s Kihei Kalama Village to those who’ve been on-island less than an hour) will offer drink specials. As usual, the five bars are Ambrosia, Kahale’s, Dog & Duck, Tiki Lounge and Three’s. This month’s featured alcohol is Ketel One, so get ready to imbibe a bit of vodka. Participants will get a card at their first bar of the evening, and each successive visit to one of the above bars gets a punch on that card. Those who visit all five bars, and earn all five punches, win a prize courtesy of Ketel One. So have fun, but please drink responsibly. 8pm. Kihei Kalama Village (1913 S. Kihei Rd.)